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Incoming freshmen get early start on college with Summer Sessions

ATHENS, Ohio (June 26, 2006) -- This summer, Ohio University is once again offering the Early Start Freshman Summer Experience. The program is designed to give incoming freshman a head start on their college careers and is open to any students admitted to Ohio University this fall. Participants in the program can attend one or both of the five-week summer sessions and ease into college life.

Students participating in the Early Start Freshman Summer Experience will benefit from the fully integrated program that combines residential and educational resources designed to fit the needs of first-year students. As with all incoming freshman, students in the program will attend a precollege orientation where they will receive advising, take placement tests and register for classes. Early Start participants will attend precollege the Sunday before the start of each session as well as a follow-up orientation prior to fall registration. Credits earned over the summer will bump them ahead during the academic year, allowing them to register for classes before many of their fellow classmates.

Students not living within commuter distance will live on-campus and be paired with roommates sharing similar interests. They will have access to all university services and resources, including recreational and library services. Getting acquainted with dorm life and the campus during the calmer summer months makes the transition to college life easier for Early Start students.

"There are many advantages first-quarter students gain by participating in this program," said Pam Brown, director of summer sessions. "Summer quarter is a relaxed and fun time to be on campus. Students can become acquainted with the campus, university life, and better understand what it means to be a college student before the mass of students arrive in September."

"By participating in this program, these freshmen will be among the first to make college friends, register for classes, earn college credit at a lower tuition rate than fall, find out information about different majors or volunteer programs or tutoring services, and have some fun," Brown added. "It's a great way to ensure an early, successful start to a degree program at Ohio University."

Over 50 participants made up of students from each of the colleges at Ohio University are enrolled in the program this summer, with 35 attending first session and 42 attending second session. Past summer students noted that the program provided a good transition to college life and enabled them to make many new friends.

More information about the Early Start Freshman Summer Experience can be found online at www.ohio.edu/summer/earlystart/ or by contacting the Office of Summer Sessions at (740) 593-2583, 1-888-551-6446, or summer.sessions@ohio.edu.

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Media Contact: Director of Summer Sessions Pam Brown, (740) 593-2583

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